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Returning home

Saturday, February 06, 2016      2 comments

As I write those words, I realize that I have felt more at home here than I do in my real home where I've lived for nearly 30 years. They say that home is where your heart is and my heart is here with my five kids, two grands, my brother and hi... Read more

City mouse vs. country mouse

Monday, January 11, 2016      2 comments

We have now been staying in Chicago for 24 days sans any scale. When I spent the night at my daughter's last week, I discovered I weighed the same as I had in late November which was more than I had all year until then, but no more. I can now ... Read more

Location, location, location

Tuesday, December 22, 2015      3 comments

We have sublet a furnished apartment for 6 weeks to be near my daughter who is expecting a baby in a few weeks. Five of my children live within 20 minutes of our new place. We have enjoyed being able to see them more easily. So far, we have g... Read more

Changes

Wednesday, December 09, 2015      3 comments

My mother-in-law had a heart attack on the 20th of November. She was able to speak with many of her far-flung grandchildren and children during the next few days. The last time she spoke with my husband was on the night before Thanksgiving. H... Read more

Tooth issues

Thursday, November 12, 2015      3 comments

Three weeks ago I had a molar pulled. The tooth had a root canal, a crown and gum surgery before being removed. Next week, I am getting 6 crowns. The expense of keeping my teeth is incredible, but I am grateful to be able to do so. In the me... Read more

Need help

Sunday, October 04, 2015      1 comments

Looking back over the Spark report on my weight for the last four years, I was struck by the change. Four years ago even though my mother had died and my husband had two surgeries, I maintained my weight under 200 all year. Last year, I weighe... Read more

Living with uncertainty

Thursday, September 17, 2015      1 comments

Right now, I have five kids living in Chicago including a pregnant daughter who has a two year old. My oldest lives an hour away with her four kids. My brother and niece live an hour from my kids in Chicago. Meanwhile, I live in the same tow... Read more

Reunions

Saturday, August 22, 2015      1 comments

Today I am going with my oldest daughter and her four children to my family reunion. Four of my mother's siblings, all in their eighties, will be there. All of their spouses have now died. Some of my nineteen cousins may come, but most will n... Read more

Day 70 of not smoking

Sunday, August 09, 2015      8 comments

After not smoking for 70 days, my weight is only a pound higher than when I gave it up. I'm pleased to be able to maintain through this time. Usually, summer is my lowest weight due to the time I spend working in the yard. Our 40th anniv... Read more

Weddings

Sunday, June 07, 2015      6 comments

Once again, I have quit smoking. It has been six days now and I'm glad I did it. My body started the process by getting a horrid cough while I was in Atlanta helping to care for my grandson who is almost one. After walking all over to enterta... Read more

Spring

Monday, March 30, 2015      5 comments

The coming days are supposed to be warm and sunny, but I'm sure we'll have more cool, rainy days. In the last few weeks, I washed some curtains to get out the smoky smell after my husband left rice cooking on the stove while we were gone. When ... Read more

Trying harder, trying differently

Thursday, February 19, 2015      1 comments

My continual effort to reach my goal of getting back under 200 pounds is being slowed down by how I manage to cheat. While I made it through Valentine's Day with only one piece of chocolate, I have begun to drink 2 glasses of wine instead of o... Read more

Dealing with new reality

Saturday, February 07, 2015      1 comments

My husband's mother went into the hospital in early November, then to a nursing home until early January, and is now in assisted-living. Our lives have become centered around her even more than before since we are the only family in town. When... Read more

First loss since Christmas

Sunday, January 11, 2015      3 comments

Eating correctly is becoming easier with each day. At my visit to the doctor, he said I had gained 5 pounds since two years ago. That was not a surprise, but I knew that most of that gain was recent and not permanent. Part of my plan for hand... Read more

Goals for 2015

Saturday, January 03, 2015      1 comments

This year brought a return to weighing consistently over 200 pounds for the first time in the last four years. I hate to see the numbers, but I have not been able to commit to eating differently. My plan for this year is to return to my former... Read more


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